TBT: What Happened the Last Time Texas Tech was in the Sweet 16?
In honor of the Texas Tech Red Raider Basketball team, who has fought to get to this years NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, let's stroll down memory lane today.
Back in 2005, before West Virginia was in the Big 12. Before Chris Beard got his first Head Coaching gig. Back when Daryl Dora was on the court instead of in a suit on the sideline. Throwback to 13 years a go when the Texas Tech Red Raiders made it to the Sweet 16 with Bobby Knight snarling away on the sideline, Texas Tech was in the Sweet 16.
When you're watching this video count how many times you see a fresh faced Chris Beard doing assistant coach duties behind Coach Knight. Also, the Red Raiders had the "home court feel" during the entire game. There are several great "Raider Power" Chants that were rocking the arena there in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Texas Tech would lose the game, they've never advanced past the Sweet 16.
Texas Tech would keep it close that whole game, even going into halftime tied after trailing most of the first half. The Red Raiders would get back down to start the second half before tying it up 40 to 40 with 15:00 left in the second half. It would be back and forth for the next ten minutes with a stalemate at 56 to 55 with 5:00 left in the game.
Texas Tech would have the chance to tie the game down 2 with under a minute left but couldn't get a basket. The final score was 65 to 60 as West Virginia used a big night from big man Kevin Pittsnogle who got 22 points and 8 boards in the win.
For the Red Raiders, Ronald Ross was the leading scorer with 16. Daryl Dora and Devonne Giles also reached double digits.
The Red Raiders finished that season 22-11 as West Virginia would last just one round further into the tournament before getting beat by Louisville 93 to 85.